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Working in the heat

Working in the heat | Frequently Asked Questions

What does working in the heat mean? When workers are exposed to heat at different temperatures while performing work, they may become ill from a range of heat-related illnesses (see below). A range...

Extreme heatwave is set for many parts of Australia 2019

Extreme heatwave

An extreme heatwave is set to affect many parts of Australia this week with temperatures in Western NSW, South Australia and Victoria to exceed 45 degrees. Cobar, Broken Hill and Griffith resident...

Heat stress and heat illness risk factors at mine sites

Handling the heat | Heat stress risk factors

With summer fast approaching, heat stress and heat illness are again becoming an issue of concern, particularly for those working on mine sites in Australia’s harsh environment. Dietitian Kaitlyn...

managing heat illness and heat stroke first responders

Responding to Heat Illness

Summer is upon us and managing heat stress and heat illness are important issues for mines. Stewart Masson writes about first responders treatment of exertional heat illness on site. Heat Injury is a...

seven tips to keep cool

Seven tips to keep cool

For those of you who work in the mining and resources industry, constant heat all year round can make for very uncomfortable and uneasy work conditions, especially in the summertime. Here are 7 tips...

avoiding heat stress

Prepare early and avoid heat stress

Mine sites across Australia are being urged to take extra care this year to avoid heat stress. When preparing for work in heat mining companies should be closely monitoring the Bureau of Meteorology...

Predicted heat strain app is now available to calculate heat stress

New App to measure predicted heat strain

Measuring and evaluating the parameters associated with predicted heat strain have always been a challenge for health and safety practitioners. A new free app for calculating predicted heat strain...

Hydration in mineworkers is important to preventing heat stress

Heat stress gets watered down | hydration in miners

In a sunburnt country like Australia, the consequences of heat stress on a mine site can be catastrophic. Veronica Miller and Dr Graham Bates from Curtin University conducted a study that found the...

heat stress and hydration mining

Managing the risks of working in heat

This Guide provides practical guidance for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) on how to manage the risks associated with working in heat and information on what to do if a worker...